BACKGROUND

In Malinalco, as in many other places around the world, there is a serious public health problem resulting from the lack of wastewater sanitation. We have found that many families dispose of greywater in the San Miguel River, in ravines, in the streets and even in the patios and yards of homes. Water accumulates and stagnates in areas next to their washing areas, affecting the soil and creating foul odors, unhealthy homes and breeding grounds for gastrointestinal and skin diseases.

GOALS

MAIN ACTIVITIES

Workshops, surveys, home visits, communty work, construction and use of filters for treating greywater; monitoring quality of treated water; design, construction and use of family vegetable gardens.

RESULTS

The population’s quality of life will improve; we will have a healthy river, which will gradually return to being a biological corridor with healthy flora and fauna. Water will be used efficiently in homes; residents will care for water and foster its rational, sustainable use. Also, flourishing community participation and social fabric.